Third Test Match Between England and South Africa Suspended In Aftermath of Queen Elizabeth's Death

Last Updated: September 09, 2022, 00:48 IST

The third Test match has been suspended.

Thursday’s first day in London was washed out without a ball bowled. The three-match series is locked at 1-1.

Cricket chiefs announced that Friday’s play between England and South Africa in the third Test at the Oval would not take place following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement that updates would be “provided in due course”.

Thursday’s first day in London was washed out without a ball bowled. The three-match series is locked at 1-1.

“Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Friday’s play between England and South Africa Men at The Oval, along with all scheduled matches in the (women’s domestic) Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, will not take place,” said an ECB statement.

“For fixtures beyond Friday, updates will be provided in due course.”

The first day of the third and deciding test between England and South Africa at The Oval was washed out by rain on Thursday with no play possible.

England won the toss and put South Africa in to bat only for a shower to sweep in and put a stop to proceedings minutes before the players took to the field.

A frustrating day of covers on and off followed before an official announcement came at 15.45GMT saying no play would be possible.

More rain is forecast for London on Friday, though the weekend prospects look brighter.

The series is level at 1-1, with both tests finishing inside three days. South Africa won the first by an innings and 12 runs at Lord’s only to be hammered by an innings and 85 runs in the second at Old Trafford.

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(With AFP inputs)

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